Friday, April 09, 2010
Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin
When Caroline Fletcher visits Slave Row near her families home, she is forever changed. Abolishing slavery becomes her life's mission. Not based on religious arguments or swayed by popular abolitionists, she instead approaches it as a matter of the heart. After all, she has established a personal relationship with her servant Tessie and Ruby who serves Caroline's mother. But further implementing her hard road through abolition is Big Eli-the one slave in the house that serves as a spiritual mentor for the others. I liked Eli from the beginning. He spoke to relevant issues in my life, not just acting as a guide for Caroline. I knew whenever a scene opened with Eli, I would learn a little more about my heavenly Father and how to trust him no matter what. To believe slaves indebted to their masters learned patience through modern day Eli's is not a stretch of the imagination.
Although Caroline is caught between the man she loves fighting for the Confederacy, and the man who loves her fighting for the union (where her allegiance was) there is a much deeper lesson in the novel. Fighting for what you believe in will never be easy and Caroline does it with grace and trust although her knees knocked much of the time. Fighting the good fight is not just for the brave, but for the willing.
Set during the Civil War era, Candle in the Darkness is centered around the war between North and South, abolitionists and slave owners, but it is steeped with the truth that with God, all things are possible. Not easy or a guarantee that you won't lose something in the process. But your fight won't be in vain, and in the end, you will look back and see his fingerprint on your path.
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Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches